A bill written to block construction of a resort-casino near Glendale, Ariz., could face an uphill battle in the Senate. Passed by the House on June 19, the measure is the latest move by the project's opponents—including the city of Glendale, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) and regional tribes with competing gaming establishments—to halt the estimated $184-million project.
The resort-casino was to be built on a 54-acre site purchased in 2003 by the Tohono O'odham Nation as part of a 1986 settlement by Congress to replace tribal land flooded by a dam in the 1960s.
Because it can moderate the damaging effects of earthquakes, base-isolation is a technique used primarily in seismically active regions. ENR takes a look at some of the largest applications of base-isolation technologies in the world.